sulfadiazine - oral (cont.)
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth with a full glass of water (8 ounces or 240 milliliters) as directed by your doctor. Drink plenty of fluids during treatment with this medication unless your doctor advises you otherwise. This will help prevent unlikely side effects such as crystals appearing in the urine and kidney stones.The dosage is based on your medical condition, weight, and response to treatment. Children must not take more than 6 grams per day (same as 6,000 milligrams per day) of this medication.Antibiotics work best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level. Therefore, take this drug at evenly spaced intervals throughout the day and night.Continue to take this medication for the full time prescribed, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may result in a return of the infection.Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, or headache may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: sun sensitivity (sunburn), mental/mood changes (e.g., depression, hallucinations), crystals in the urine, painful urination, change in the amount of urine, lump/growth/swelling in the front of the neck (goiter), signs of low blood sugar (e.g., shaking, dizziness, blurred vision, unusual hunger).Seek immediate medical attention if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: confusion, persistent/severe headache, neck stiffness, seizures.This medication may rarely cause serious (possibly fatal) allergic reactions and other side effects such as a severe peeling skin rash (e.g., Stevens-Johnson syndrome), blood disorders (e.g., agranulocytosis, aplastic anemia), liver damage, or lung injury. Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following: skin rash/blisters, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, persistent cough, trouble breathing, signs of a new infection (e.g., persistent sore throat, fever), pale skin, easy bleeding/bruising, yellowing eyes/skin, persistent nausea/vomiting, unusual tiredness, dark urine, stomach/abdominal pain, joint pain.This medication may rarely cause a severe intestinal condition (Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea) due to a type of resistant bacteria. This condition may occur while receiving treatment or even weeks to months after treatment has stopped. Do not use anti-diarrhea products or narcotic pain medications if you have the following symptoms because these products may make them worse. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop: persistent diarrhea, abdominal or stomach pain/cramping, blood/mucus in your stool.Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in oral thrush or a new vaginal yeast infection. Contact your doctor if you notice white patches in your mouth, a change in vaginal discharge, or other new symptoms.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014
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